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Our Ambitions for the Future

Saint Louis University School of Medicine has high goals for the future. With the development of the 2022-2027 Strategic Plan, the school capitalizes on its strengths, redefines its goals, and positions itself for lasting success in education, research, patient care, and community engagement.

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Christine Jacobs, M.D., FAAFP, dean and vice president for medical affairs, believes the school’s aims for the future align with both Saint Louis University’s mission and today’s evolving learners. 

“Our students are curious,” she said. “As a new generation with unique perspectives relative to our faculty and staff, they challenge us to look at the world in a different way. This made us reexamine our assumptions about students and the way that we teach.”

The school’s key stakeholders dedicated themselves to a plan that will grow basic, translational and clinical research, and increase its impact on the advancement of health in the community. 

“We are restructuring our undergraduate medical education to be interactive," she said. “It is an ongoing process that will inform the design of our future health education center. Our other plans also include developing interdisciplinary simulation centers for our students with our nursing and allied health colleagues, strengthening our standardized patient program, and adding health systems science alongside preclinical and clinical education as the third pillar of the curriculum.” 

In addition to transforming education, the school will embark on a three to five-year faculty growth plan, in partnership with SSM Health, to grow their clinical footprint, in coordination with the School of Medicine’s strategic plan. 

The School of Medicine’s relentless ambition to develop the world’s future physicians and scientists, conduct innovative research and provide high-quality patient care will have a profound and lasting impact in the community and beyond.